NEW YORK CITY (KDKA) — Pittsburghers have had their turn on The Late Show with David Letterman over the years.
Remember the time Dave gave Ben Roethlisberger a shave?
Or how about when he talked injuries with Jerome Bettis?
Bettis: “I don’t know if you’ve ever had a groin injury?”
Letterman: “Why sure I have! What kind of guy do you think I am?”
Then, there’s the 5-year-old kid chef from Beaver County who appeared on Letterman 20 years ago.
“I can honestly remember running out on the stage at The Ed Sullivan Theater for the very first time,” said Justin Miller, who’s now 25.
While he still cooks, Miller’s job is now doing marketing for Voyager Jet Center in West Mifflin.
As for his first time on the show, they never did cook anything.
“We were supposed to make cheesecake, but Dave and I got so busy goofing around that the cooking never actually happened,” said Miller.
Luckily, he was on twice more and did get to cook.
“What nobody ever mentions is that his studio is really cold,” said Miller. “He keeps his studio around 50 degrees cause he doesn’t want the audience to fall asleep.”
Letterman kidded Luke Ravenstahl when he became mayor of Pittsburgh at 26.
“Does an appearance like this interfere with your homework?” asked Letterman.
Pittsburgh bands have performed on the Letterman stage, including The Clarks and Rusted Root.
And of course, there have been movie stars who grew up in the Pittsburgh area such as Jeff Goldblum and Michael Keaton.
Carl Cocciolone of Monessen remembers sharing the green room with Ray Romano and Cybill Shepherd the night he appeared on Letterman nearly 20 years ago.
Cocciolone was on after he made the news by getting his stolen truck back.
The thief happened to drive past him one day, so he chased after.
Letterman had him tell his story and then presented Cocciolone with anti-theft device called “The Club.” He still has it today.
Letterman’s last show is Wednesday, May 20.
KDKA’s David Highfield joined “The KDKA Morning News” with Larry Richert and John Shumway from New York City to talk about David Letterman’s final shows
Highfield got a chance to talk to Pittsburgher and Penn Hills grad Sid McGuinness, a guitarist for the CBS Orchestra led by Paul Shaffer. Highfield says you may recognize him as the member of the band who always used to wear black and gold.
McGuinnis was reluctant to give away any details, but did tell Highfield there will be taped pieces looking back at Letterman’s career and surprise guests. However, he wouldn’t give any hints as to who they will be.